Greeks Believe Money Shouldn’t Buy Safety, Safety Should be Equal for All

In the 1990’s there was a great difference between Athens and New York.  Athens had no gang territories back then and one could safely assume they wouldn’t be killed for money in the capital. New York was pretty much the opposite. Anything could happen to you once in the wrong side of town.  In New York there was a very wrong side of town. That’s a side of Athens that couldn’t even be conceived of during the ’90’s.

Things have seriously changed. Central Athens now boasts its own Nigerian, Pakistani, Albanian, etc. mafias and territories. An unprecedented rise in crime has taken Greeks by surprise.  Money seems to offer an easy way out of facing the problem; change your postcode and avoid the issue altogether. Postcodes have always been a way to tell who is richer or from a better family. Now however, they are defining whose life is deemed more valuable.

In North America this conclusion may well be a given. In Athens however, it is a life changing and a life threatening discovery. Money shouldn’t buy one public safety, safety should be the same for all, is the general feeling of the Greek conscience.

Fear is a big driving force with the added capacity of making people spend large amounts of money without thinking twice. U.S. Security commercials capitalize on that in some disturbing ways. Capitalism may be scaring its way into the Greek psyche but the Greek spirit seems to be fighting as hard as humanely possible. The question is, how long will it take before we all start hiding behind our postcodes?


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  • Chico

    What the hades are you talking about? In North America? In Greece there was no crime? Why don't you blame where the people come from and the criminals instead of an idiotic attempt to smear capitalism and "North Americans." Do you really think this is something new? Do you really think no one has ever spent money on safety before or that all crime rates are the same from Cyprus to Epirus?

    Greece has a long, long history. You should learn it.

  • Anna Maria Delinasio

    Hey Chico,

    Thanks for the comment. I wasn't blaming Capitalism, just pointing out the choice some Greeks make: to fight the rise in crime by paying their way out. I haven't made up my mind whether this is the correct approach or not, just noting the attitude.

    Greetings,

    AM

  • Mike Harris

    I think the article tackles a very important topic. I have lived in both Athens and California for a number of years, and although I don't necessarily agree with everything the writer says, I think she has a point.

    Going back to the comments by "Chico", I think the greatest ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about! I don't even understand what he is trying to say… Maybe before exposing your ignorance while being didactic my friend you should learn how to write properly or use another language….

    To paraphrase you:

    English (and Greek) have a large, large vocabulary (and precise grammar rules). You should learn how to use it !!!!